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Canadian Jewish Humanitarian and Relief Committee

Ve’ahavta: the Canadian Jewish Humanitarian and Relief Committee was founded in 1996 in response to the local and international indifference to the Rwandan genocide. Fueled by a commitment to assist homeless and marginalized men, women, and youth to break the cycle of poverty, the organization focuses on three main areas of emphasis: essential supplies, education, and empowerment. From these focus areas, a number of unique programs and services have been developed that foster inclusivity and integration, increasing each individual’s capacity and strengthening their determination to improve their lives. At Ve’ahavta, we live and breathe the Jewish imperative to help others through tikun olam – repairing the world.
Westwind Evening: A Whisper in the Getty

Westwind Evening: A Whisper in the Wind

All tasks must be performed to exact specifications, otherwise there is the inevitable wrath that comes down on your head like a ton of bricks. In the face of failure you don't disturb shit. You just put your head over a basin of water and wash the blood out of your hair.
07/10/2013 05:08 EDT
Cynthia Scott: Innocent AP

Cynthia Scott: Innocent Circumstances

My life was new but my father was cruel My innocence was taken by sexual abuse Despair and sadness I couldn't break through I would cry in silence, a slow class at school
07/09/2013 08:41 EDT
Meg Inwood: The Shutterstock

Meg Inwood: The Pen

I'd been clean for about a year and a half. I'd forgotten what the date of my last blast was, and I was happy about that. I liked the new me a lot more than the old me: The new me didn't owe back rent, and even had a bit of money for groceries. The one thing the new me couldn't do, though, was write.
07/09/2013 05:29 EDT